Rommi Smith locates moments of kindness in the heart of the market and shares a specially commissioned poem, whilst encouraging participants to reflect on their own stories of connection and repair.
Rommi Smith is a poet, playwright, librettist, performer and interdisciplinary artist. She is doctoral researcher at the University of Leeds, where she is undertaking a practice-led PhD exploring Jazz and Blues as forms of protest.
Personal Shopper: Cornucopia! is the culmination of a 3 year project by Katie Etheridge & Simon Persighetti exploring and celebrating the rich network of relationships between shoppers, traders and goods in Kirkgate Market.
In the sensory labyrinth of Leeds Kirkgate Market, Personal Shopper: Cornucopia! is the market in microcosm, a 21st Century Still Life of fruit, fish, textiles, jewellery, frying pans, friends and experiences. Offering a pick-and-mix selection of micro tours led by local shoppers, traders, market enthusiasts and mis-guides, Katie and Simon invite you to navigate the Market through a series of idiosyncratic Personal Shopper tours where poetic, playful and practical insights are intertwined with personal histories, individual passions, and lived experiences.
Details and timings of individual tours are available on the Compass Festival website.
The tours are collected in a new publication: Personal Shopper: A Market Mis-Guide available to buy from the stall.
Commissioned by Compass Festival